Mary DeForest loves Jane Austen. The 68-year-old academic has read each of the author's novels over 100 times. "I went to her tomb at Winchester Cathedral and burst into tears," she says. "I couldn't believe she was dead." DeForest has spent much of her academic career defending Austen's legacy. " ... More >>
An unexpected result of Colorado's legalization of limited marijuana sales for recreational purposes has been a rise in the number of academic studies about whether the change has been good or bad for the state. A few months ago, a paper released by the Brookings Institution found that the rollout w ... More >>
In the ballet world, Damian Woetzel is a rock star. A one-time New York City Ballet principal, he retired in 2008, his last performance marked by a burst of critical praise, a shower of blooms and an ovation that lasted ten minutes. Since then, he's been busy. It's impossible to list all his project ... More >>
We recently stumbled across a vintage list of the ten most sexually active American cities assembled by Quality Health. Turns out Denver is very high among communities experiencing a happy ending, if you know what we mean. And we're pretty sure you do. Where did Denver finish? Look below to see t ... More >>
The Black Lips are heading to Denver April 2 in support their new album Underneath The Rainbow and also a new documentary featuring their 2012 tour of that took them through Egypt, Cypress, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Watching this rough yet intimate look at what it's like fo ... More >>
Pretty much everyone who loves food has read Michael Pollan, knows about the argument by Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham in his book Catching Fire that cooking is what made us human in the first place, and understands that food is more than a bunch of inert substances whose only function is ... More >>
Hot Lunch Apostles, a play by Boulder poet and playwright Sidney Goldfarb, will open at New York's La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre on March 1 as part of the fabled Off-off-Broadway theater's fifty-year celebration. Produced by the Talking Band, a collaborative group that spins evocative tapestries of ... More >>
For "Money can buy you love, if you have a contract with this Harvard MBA," this week's feature, Westword talked to local matchmaker extraordinaire Rachel Greenwald about her business -- but what about her advice? In her first book, Find a Husband After 35 (Using What I Learned at Harvard Business ... More >>
If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>
Big logos below.After an exciting year-long run-up, Metropolitan State College of Denver's Board of Trustees has announced their choice for the school's new moniker. And the winner is... Denver State University! The crowd goes... meh. What's that? Think we should stop bellyaching unless we h ... More >>
Photo courtesy Cornell UniversityTemple Grandin is keeping some impressive company.It's been a nice year thus far for CSU professor/cow whisperer Temple Grandin. In February, she was portrayed by actress Claire Danes in Temple Grandin, a well-reviewed HBO biopic. And now, she's been named on ... More >>
Ronald McDonald is under fire in this country, with activists encouraging McDonald's to retire its longtime mascot. But in Shanghai, now home to a brand-new McDonald's University -- it's known as Hamburger U-- they're down with the clown. The Chinese people crave fast food, which is why McDo ... More >>
"Gee, I wish I could afford college."Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, are brainstorming ways to keep Colorado's colleges from suffocating amid crippling losses in revenue from the state. Atop the mount of potential soluti ... More >>
Every presidency has its own biases about the kind of education that makes for good leaders. JFK stacked the deck with Harvard grads; Bush I and Bush II leaned toward Yalies, of course. Snobbery, Eastern elitism, Ivy Leaguism--it's been expected of the White House since the days of Woodrow Wi ... More >>
Blue Moon: Not the best beer for solving a national crisis.If the pundits are to be believed, the entirety of our country's centuries-old racial upheaval will be solved today with the cracking open of a couple cold ones. After President Barack Obama ignited a fiery national debate on race re ... More >>
Perfect for soothing racial tension.The White House could get a little taste of Denver this week if President Barack Obama is able to pull off a meeting over beers Thursday between Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge, Massachusetts police sergeant James Crowley, who arrested Gat ... More >>
Aaron Harber. At present, twenty people have submitted applications for Colorado's Secretary of State job, including several big-name politicos: Andrew Romanoff, the term-limited speaker of Colorado's House of Representatives; Ken Gordon, the majority leader for the state senate; Rosemary Rodrigue ... More >>
Itâ€™s not too surprising that one of the biggest hits at ROFLCon, the Harvard University conference on Internet celebrity, was Colorado native Ben Schulz. After all, Schulz is the player behind that unlikely and slightly unhinged World of Warcraft superstar, Leeroy Jenkins. A Wired magazine article ... More >>
Carrick Moore Gerety formed this trio when the Push Kings came to shove.
David Grinspoon is popularizing science, one alien joke at a time.
The Secret Circus brings in the (offbeat) clowns.
From the week of September 22, 2005
Modern Muse forcefully revisits the suddenly timely Inherit the Wind.
Swimming's smugly confessional tone dampens its appeal.
The move to Fitzsimons was supposed to send CU's Health Sciences Center sailing into the 21st century. So why are so many doctors jumping ship?
Don't start no stuff, won't be no stuff.
From the week of January 9, 2003
One man’s search for identity yields a sparkling documentary about his African heritage.
The smell of success
For Deborah Copaken Kogen, every picture tells a story.
When a doctor makes a rare but horrible mistake, who should bear the scars?